John E. R. Staddon
James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience
Education & Training
Ph.D., Harvard University 1964
Until my retirement in 2007, my laboratory did experimental research on learning and adaptive behavior, mostly with animals: pigeons, rats, fish, parakeets. We were particularly interested in timing and memory, feeding regulation, habituation and the ways in which pigeons and rats adapt to reward schedules. The aim is to arrive at simple models for learning that can help to identify the underlying neural mechanisms. I continue to do theoretical and historical work on the power law in psychophysics, operant learning, timing and memory, habituation and feeding regulation. I have applied some of these ideas to economics and financial markets and social issues such as traffic control (Distracting Miss Daisy, The Atlantic, 2008) and smoking (Unlucky Strike, Private Health and the Science, Law and Politics of Smoking, with David Hockney, UBP, 2013). A second edition of Adaptive Behavior and Learning (Cambridge UP) was published in 2016. Most recently I have Scientific Method: How Science Works, Fails to Work, and Pretends to Work. published by Routledge in December, 2017.
Davis, DG, Staddon, JE, Machado, A, and Palmer, RG. "The process of recurrent choice." Psychol Rev 100.2 (April 1993): 320-341.
HIGA, JJ, and STADDON, JER. "TRANSITIVE INFERENCE IN MULTIPLE CONDITIONAL DISCRIMINATIONS." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 59.2 (March 1993): 265-291. Full Text
STADDON, JER. "THE SUPERSTITION EXPERIMENT - A REVERSIBLE FIGURE." JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-GENERAL 121.3 (September 1992): 270-272. Full Text
WYNNE, CDL, and STADDON, JER. "WAITING IN PIGEONS - THE EFFECTS OF DAILY INTERCALATION ON TEMPORAL DISCRIMINATION." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 58.1 (July 1992): 47-66. Full Text
WYNNE, CDL, STADDON, JER, and VONFERSEN, L. "PIGEONS INFERENCES ARE TRANSITIVE AND THE OUTCOME OF ELEMENTARY CONDITIONING PRINCIPLES - A RESPONSE." JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES 18.3 (July 1992): 313-315.
KOHN, A, KOHN, WK, and STADDON, JER. "PREFERENCES FOR CONSTANT DURATION DELAYS AND CONSTANT SIZED REWARDS IN HUMAN-SUBJECTS." BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES 26.2-3 (March 1992): 125-142. Full Text
STADDON, JER. "RATIONALITY, MELIORATION, AND LAW-OF-EFFECT MODELS FOR CHOICE." PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE 3.2 (March 1992): 136-141. Full Text Open Access Copy